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Captain Aaron Peer founded Grindstone City as a company with quarry operations in 1834. Peer, is one of the earliest settlers of Huron County and holds title to many of the "firsts" in the Upper Thumb.
For decades, City of Detroit foresters industriously labored away in a quaint sawmill within Belle Isle Park, giving trees from streets and parks new life as usable wood after they were removed for road widening or death from disease, pests, or storms.
This picture of a street scene in Pigeon, Michigan is thought to be taken right around 1900. The amusement parlor or penny arcade was popular in the 1890s through the early 1900s. These storefront shops were stocked with slot machines, phonographs, muscle testing machines, guess your …